Murdoch Gives £1.7 Million Severance to Rebekah Brooks

After Rupert Murdoch closed down the 183-year-old tabloid News of the World in July following the revelation that the paper’s staff had hacked into the voice mails of a murdered British girl, Milly Dowler, journalists found themselves very suddenly without a job. No one less than Rebekah Brooks, the soon-to-be-former CEO of News International, promised that News Corporation, the New York-based parent company of NI, “would try and find everyone a new job”; Brooks said that ever single” former NoW employee “will be offered a job.

But a  list of possible positions with other NI outlets yielded openings such as “materials manager” for Fox in Siberia and oil reporter or “symbology analyst — Russian language” for Dow Jones wire service: Not exactly positions that former reporters for a paper with a focus on celebrities and scandal could ease into.

Murdoch had indicated his concern about Brooks, speaking of needing to take care of her as the scandal that would eventually cost Brooks her job grew and grew. Now it has been reported that Murdoch gave Brooks £1.7 million in cash as part of her severance package, as well as the use of an office in central London and a chauffeur-driven limousine for two years.

Originally a secretary at the features desk of the Sunday newspaper, Brooks was arrested and bailed shortly after she had resigned as CEO of NI. James Murdoch, third in command at his father’s News Corp., is to appear before the parliamentary culture media and sport select committee on Thursday and is likely to be asked about the decision to give Brooks her generous severance package, not to mention continued use of an office.

It is also anticipated that Murdoch will concede that News Corp. should have taken action earlier about allegations that phone hacking was a widespread practice at NoW and not, as the company has claimed, the work of one “rogue” reporter. Last week, Jamie Pyatt, a journalist for the News Corp.-owned paper The Sun was arrested on allegations of payments to police officers. Pyatt had worked for The Sun since 1987; he had worked under Brooks in her time as an editor there. Pyatt is the first journalist to be arrested from another News Corp.-owned paper in connection with Scotland Yard’s Operation Elveden.


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Marie Russell-Barker

There is sort of a sadness, to think that some people so rich that they become greedy. it is true murdoch is paying hush mouth money.

don wreford
don wreford6 years ago

An example of parallel Universe operating on the two tier agenda, Murdoch sanctified by establishment popular media, and laundered clean, having Brooks sign a pledge she must not talk if she takes the money, and the death of chief witness before testifying against the Murdock Empire, on phone tapping, suspicious death, confirmed suicide by police before coroners inquest, possible murdered, guess whom would be behind that? and recent confession of ex Scotland Yard police detective on extensive private investigations of individuals and paid by the the Murdock Organization.
The connection between Establishments lust for correct portrayal of Image, presented to the I hate to say it, a public committed to gullibility and thirst that resists quenching, for the transient subtok, in summary the corrupt are secure within the confines of a bastion that defies scrutiny that is wrapped within a cocoon, as a virus having the constant tenacity of evasion and deceit.

Nancy Black
Nancy Black6 years ago

No surprises here, he owes her; he certainly doesn't want her talking.

Ray M.
Ray M6 years ago

Of course. She did all the dirty work for the scumbag and his lying son; no doubt it's enough to "keep her quiet."

Toby S.
Past Member 6 years ago

So he leads the Wall Street Journal by example...wrongdoing is rewarded.

Jackie Agusta
Jackie Agusta6 years ago

Wow, wish I worked for Murdoch. This is a real slap in the face for the people that news paper violated, disgusting :-(

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran6 years ago


John E.
John E6 years ago

Sandra W. ... "Who cares what he does with his money? It's his money."
The fact that some of "his" money was obtained through his minions illegally hacking into countless people's phones, not to mention making fraudulent entries on to the phone of a missing teenager ... thereby diverting the investigation into her disappearance ... Obviously not high on your list of priorities.
So he pays out "a lousy couple million Euros" to buy Brooks' silence ... which would normally be considered to be an attempt to pervert the course of justice.
And you don't care. Of course not.
Why would you? After all, it had no direct effect on your bank balance, and that's clearly the most important thing in this world.

Emanuel v.
Emanuel v.6 years ago

Murdoch still owes millions to many others he's damaged.with his ZIONISTIC control over the media. He 'is part of the criminal Elite, anyone else in civy street would be apprehended and thrown into prison for just one of the illegal activities he's involved in. But then he's got ZIONIST mates everywhere ready to cover for him. cheating, lying , dodging, misinforming and screwing whomsoever he can. the man is a monster like the Rotschilds, Soros and Rockefellers.and their reptilian blood lines.

William K.
William K6 years ago

Hush money.